As a coach, I understand the importance of having someone to hold you accountable and check in with on a weekly basis. Even coaches need coaches!
That being said, it's also important to make your goals known to others. The more people you tell about your goals and habits, the easier it is to show up and do the work.
One key to success is pre-planning. Whether you are tracking macros, following a meal plan, or using a diet guide, it's crucial to plan ahead so you're not caught off guard when something unexpected comes up.
For example, if your family always goes to your favorite Mexican restaurant on Tuesdays, you can look at the menu beforehand and decide what you can make work with your plan. Be specific about how you will order, and you won't be tempted to go off plan.
When it comes to meal prep, it's important to keep things simple. Every meal doesn't have to be a recipe or an extravagant creation. Simply choose your protein, add some frozen or fresh veggies, and include a fat or carb source, and you have a complete meal.
Trying to do too much too soon can lead to frustration, confusion, and overwhelm. Start with simple meals and gradually expand as you get the hang of meal prepping and weekly meal planning.
That being said, it's also important to get creative with your meals. No one wants to eat the same plain chicken, rice, and broccoli twice a day every day.
Mix things up by adding variety to your meals and trying out new local vegetables and fruits. Experiment with low calorie sauces and seasonings, or find recipes for low calorie alternatives to your favorite dishes.
Mix things up by cooking your food in different ways - roast it, bake it, boil it, or blend it into a smoothie.
It's important to remember that life happens, and one stray meal or moment of indulgence shouldn't throw you off course.
Don't try to compensate the next day by restricting food or doing extra cardio. Be kind to yourself and reinforce your dedication to your goals.
If you find yourself veering off track, ask for help or have a sit-down talk with yourself to figure out what went wrong and how you can do better next time.
Coach Kiki McClellan